Hastings Castle

Hey everybody! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day.

This is post two out of four regarding my day trip to Hastings. If you missed my first post, you can read it here.

Today’s post might turn into a teenie weenie history lesson so be warned 😉

When William of Normandy landed in England in 1066, he ordered three fortifications to be built of which one was Hastings Castle.Throughout the rulings of several Kings the castle was destroyed, rebuilt and re-fortified.

Later that very year, the Battle of Hastings took place where King Harold II was defeated by William.

Soon after, during King Henry VIII’s ruling, St Mary’s Chapel at Hastings Castle was smashed apart when he declared himself the Head of the Church of England. Hastings Castle was left in ruins.

However the ruins weren’t left in peace when ferocious storms hit the south coast for many months leaving the cliffs weakened and eventually large parts of the cliff containing the castle sections fell into the hungry sea. 

By the 1800s the Castle ruins became covered in grass and slowly began disappearing from sight until it became open to the public as a tourist attraction spot. 

This is where a twenty minute video of the history behind the Castle was retold on a screen. 

Steps to the castle dungeon and every single path we took led to a dead end 🙅 There was only one way in and out. Not ideal when trying to escape from scary looking people.

The edge of the cliff that survived the bitter storms. 

I think this arch is where the start of St Mary’s chapel’s ruins begin. 

The flag post somehow disappeared in this shot 😕 

This bird seems to be giving me the evils 😬

And that’s the end of today’s post. Hope you enjoyed, and please feel free to start a conversation with me in the comments below. 

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